Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland
Hey bees(especially bees with insider hair care knowledge), I NEED YOUR HELP.
I work in direct patient care in the ICU. What this means is that during this pandemic, every time I work, I also have to wash my hair after coming home to prevent spreading virus particles to my fiancé/house via my hair. (Obviously I wash the rest of myself as well, but I always shower after work). I have long, color treated blonde hair. I am used to washing my hair only once a week, and now I am washing it 4-5 times a week with all the shifts I’m working.
With all the extra shampoo, my hair is dry and breaking. I’ve tried leaving in my conditioner for 15+ minutes, I’ve tried a hair mask, nothing seems to be working to save my locks. My wedding was planned for June 3 in Scotland but now since we can’t travel, we are going to try to do a small ceremony here, so I have roughly a month before my hair needs to be “wedding ready”.
I have kept it long for the last couple years just so I could wear it long and loose at my wedding, I really don’t want to have to hide it in an updo. If I hadn’t been prepping for my wedding, I would have chopped it long ago.
What are your holy grail hair tips to save over-washed hair??
Post # 2
Olaplex #3. It’s not a conditioner, it’s a treatment and it will really stop the breaking.
Post # 3
I’d use a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo all the time. Joico has some good ones.
Post # 4
I think you’ve got a couple of challenges 1- cause less damage 2- reverse the look of damage on your hair.
1) Use less shampoo. Mix your shampoo 1/3 shampoo w/ 2/3 conditioner. Wash with that and only lather once.
2) Warm oil (Extra virgin olive oil or jojoba or coconut) and add it to your conditioner 1x/ week, let it sit for 15 mins before rinsing out. Another suggestion: Spray a hair restructurizer (essentially, a protein spray) on damp hair 1x/ week.
Post # 5
You still need to use regular shampoo given the situation. Washing with only conditioner is not a good option because it would defeat the purpose of your daily shower which is to ensure you get any possible Covid 19 contamination off of you.
Keep the shampoo, and after your shower spritz some coconut oil in your hair, works like a charm!!!
Post # 6
Second the Olaplex recommendation.
Post # 7
Olaplex treatments once or twice a week should definitely help – make sure you follow the directions because a lot of people don’t and then complain that it doesn’t work well. I love It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in with Keratin as well. I apply it on damp hair (don’t rub your hair with a towel, wrap it in a microfiber hair towel), and add argon oil to the ends before brushing and air drying. Skip heat styling and wear your hair in protective styles while you’re at work. Good luck!
Post # 8
I wear a scrub cap all day at work now, so my hair is not exposed. You can get a looser style so you can tie your hair up in a bun or ponytail under the cap. I stll shampoo daily but use only a minimal amount of shampoo.
Post # 9
Can you get some jojoba oil? I put a little of that in my hair after showering so it gets coated a bit…seems to help the dryness.
Post # 10
Another vote for Olaplex, it’s a miracle product!
Also, thank you so much for the hard work you’re doing on the front lines. Can’t be easy and I really appreciate all of the front line workers!
Post # 11
Oh what is your hair texture? Curly or wavy? Straight? Straight thin or straight thick? Easy to comb or no? This will help. If you have very thick curls I’ll have different advice than thick straight hair.
Post # 12
Good advice above, but wanted to add- if you’re using a hair dryer you should stop and just let your hair air dry.
Post # 13
Im on this thread for the advice as well. I have wavy/curly hair, and need frizz control! At times my hair gves REALLLY pretty curls, and soemtimes they are flattenend and frizzed. Thanks to all you informative ladies, I can try some of these options! 😀
Post # 14
One more for Olaplex! But you definitely need to follow the directions as written or it’s nothing special. And avoid blow drying and using heat styling tools as much as you can right now.
And I’d like to add my thanks for your service particularly during these times.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland
I’ve been wearing a cap as well, I just don’t want to take any chances, my hair touches so many things like my clothes, pillow, sheets, partner etc